Cougars fall to Thunderbirds
CEDAR CITY -- The BYU women's gymnastics team recorded a season-high 194.050 and five Cougars recorded individual season and career highs, but it was not enough to overcome season-best performance from Southern Utah University falling 194.825 -- 194.050 Friday night in Cedar City. BYU is 3-3 on the year.
"They're a very good team," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said of the Thunderbirds. "They hit their routines. We made some errors and had to count a couple of falls. I'm proud of the way our girls hung in there though."
BYU started off with a season-high 48.525 on bars. Kacie Capra tied for first with a season-high 9.800. SUU had a good performance on vault however and took a 48.650 -- 48.525 lead after the first rotation.
Dayna Smart led the Cougars on vault with a 9.775 and Capra tied her career high with a 9.700. SUU led 97.400 -- 96.850 after the second rotation.
BYU recorded a season-high 48.875 on floor in their third rotation. The Cougars had season highs from Sierra Jacobs (9.875) and Lisa Willis (9.800) and a career high from Dayna Smart (9.850) on the event.
BYU had some struggles on beam late though, counting two falls. The Cougars did manage to take the top two spots though. Smart was first with a 9.850 and Kandis Kelly was second at 9.825.
SUU's Sheena Shaw tied for first with Leah Sakhitab on vault with a 9.800. Ashley Sharpe tied for first with BYU's Capra on bars at 9.800. Sakhitab took the all-around with a 39.125. Capra was second with a season-high 38.950.
The Cougars will be off next week before traveling to Idaho to take on Boise State on February 20.
1. Southern Utah Universtiy 194.825
2. Brigham Young University 194.050
Southern Utah University 48.650
Brigham Young University 48.325
Southern Utah University 48.750
Brigham Young University 48.525
Southern Utah University 48.450
Brigham Young University 48.325
Southern Utah University 48.975
Brigham Young University 48.875
1. Sheena Shaw SUU 9.800
2. Leah Sakhitab SUU 9.800
3. Dayna Smart BYU 9.775
1. Sheena Sharpe SUU 9.800
1. Kacie Capra BYU 9.800
3. Sheena Shaw SUU 9.775
3. Cassie Myers BYU 9.775
1. Dayna Smart BYU 9.850
2. Kandis Kelly BYU 9.825
3. Rachel Tanner SUU 9.800
3. Alethea Boon BYU 9.800
1. Sierra Jacobs BYU 9.875
2. Sheena Shaw SUU 9.850
2. Dayna Smart BYU 9.850
Back on the Road for Gymnasts
PROVO -- Coming off a season-best 193.525 in its home opener, the BYU women's gymnastics team will be on the road this week to take on Southern Utah University Friday in Cedar City.
"They're a very good team," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said of SUU. "If you take your eye off them, they'll beat you. We're going to need to perform well or they'll beat us. Even if we do perform well, they can beat us."
In their 193.525 -- 192.550 victory over Utah State last week, the Cougars got off to a good start on vault, recording a season-best 48.750. They struggled however on bars before picking it up to finish strong on beam and floor.
Six Cougar gymnasts scored season highs on the night while Kylee Draper recorded two career highs on bars (9.825) and beam (9.775). BYU took the top spot in every event with Dayna Smart recording two season highs to take first on vault (9.825) and beam (9.875). Kandis Kelly also recorded a season-high 9.875 to tie with Smart for first on beam. Draper won bars and Kacie Capra recorded a season-high 9.825 to take floor.
Southern Utah is entering its fifth meet of the season. In their last time out, the Thunderbirds finished second in a three-team meet behind host Boise State at 193.100 while recording a season-best 48.425 on vault. SUU's Ashley Sharpe took the top spot on bars while Sheena Shaw was third in the all-around at 38.800.
Last season the Cougars and Thunderbirds split their two contests with each team winning at home. SUU prevailed in the last meeting.
Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Centrum Arena.